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Jan. 19, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Civil rights activist Bobby Seale will give the talk, "Constitutional Democratic, Civic, Human Rights," Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is part of the university's celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., "40 Years in Retrospect: The Vision, The Movement, The Man."

Seale co-founded the Black Panther Party with Huey Newton, whom he met at Merritt College in Oakland, Calif., in 1966. Moved to action by the killing of Malcolm X, the two began exploring issues of police brutality against minorities. The Black Panthers Party for Self-defense not only served as community watchdogs but provided free breakfasts for children, health care and community service programs.

Although the Party began as a militant alternative to the nonviolent civil rights movement, Seale began endorsing a nonviolent strategy that focused on providing community services to African Americans, a belief that continues today from his home in Philadelphia.

Several other activities before the talk also are open to the public. They are:

  • the MLK March: beginning at noon from the downhill side of the Elaine Langone Center, faculty, students, staff, administrators and friends will walk to Rooke Chapel. The program, which includes remarks by the mayor, Bucknell faculty, staff and students, will include the singing of the Black National Anthem;

  • the Beloved Community Dinner with a special meal and student performances in the Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for community members: $5 per person for children 5-12; and free for children under 4;

  • an Interfaith Worship Service will be held at 6:15 p.m., Rooke Chapel. The service will feature a number of readings by students, an inspirational message and a performance by the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir.

"The Beloved Community is a term used by Dr. King to describe a global vision in which all people can share. Bucknell is proud to share a variety of its talented student performers at the Beloved Community Dinner," according to Amy Merena, director of Multicultural Student Services.

"The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration allows us to reflect on the 40th anniversary of Dr. King's March on Washington. The anniversary enhances the King holiday and allows us to acknowledge his sacrifices and contributions towards economic justice, peace and respect for all cultures. This day allows for the recognition of challenges facing our society today, and the vision and hope that one day King's dream will be fulfilled," she said.

For more information about these events, call 570-577-1095.


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